FOOD TOUR OF ITALY?
I'm planning to take my first trip to Italy, and I would like to plan it around the country's amazing cuisine. Does anyone know of a tour that would expose me to wonderful dining experiences? I'm not interested in learning how to cook.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Santa Barbara City College has a "semester abroad" in Italy this summer (not really a semester long) led by the head of the Culinary Arts Program on the food and wine of Italy. Should be fantastic and a novel way to take a vacation. Check out their website for more information. You can do it for 2 or 4 weeks:
The city Lecce in Apulia is trying to become a new culinary center - it is a great and off the beaten track city to visit and the food in this area is fresh and flavorful. Good area to get to know along with Naples - one of my favorite food cities and so much cheaper than most places in Europe. A grand, grand city. Check out the websites for Lecce and look for their culinary offerings.
This reply may be a bit late, but when are you planning to go? If you get a chance to go to Parma you could contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a day of learning all about Parmesan Cheese, Parma Ham and Balsamic Vinegar.
You can also try contact www.europemadeeasy.com - I think they might do something close to what you are looking for.